ACE Leadership and Advocacy Newshttp://www.acenet.edu/_layouts/ContentFeedGenerator/ContentFeed.ashx?Feed=LeadershipAdvocacyNewsView all of the recent Leadership and Advocacy Activity News from ACEen-usCopyright , American Council on Educationdonotreply@ace.eduThu, 05 May 2016 05:33:58 -0500ACE News Feeds 1.0http://www.acenet.edu/PublishingImages/264x93-ACE-Print-Logo.jpgACE Leadership and Advocacy Newshttp://www.acenet.edu/_layouts/ContentFeedGenerator/ContentFeed.ashx?Feed=LeadershipAdvocacyNewsLeadershipAdvocacyNewshttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Todays-Top-Higher-Education-News.aspxHEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education NewsThe Chronicle of Higher Education writes that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s veto of campus carry legislation won’t end the fight over the issue in the state. In other news, The Boston Globe reports on the success of the University of Maine’s Flagship Match program, and the higher education funding battle continues in Illinois.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Early-Bird-Registration-Deadline-April-1-for-the-Institute-for-Leading-Internationalization.aspxDeadline Extended for the Institute for Leading InternationalizationParticipants will learn how to apply a comprehensive model of internationalization, how to develop a strategic approach to their institutions’ challenges and opportunities, and how to work effectively with executive leadership.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Registration-Open-for-October-ACE-Spectrum-Aspiring-Leaders-Program.aspxRegistration Open for October ACE Spectrum Aspiring Leaders ProgramRegister now for the Oct. 17-18 ACE Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program, ​which is designed to increase diversity in higher education’s senior-level leadership ranks. The early bird deadline is Aug. 16.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Distance-Education-Provisions-in-Teacher-Preparation-Regulations.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on Distance Education Provisions in Teacher Preparation Regulations​Along with five other presidential higher education associations, ACE submitted comments to the Department of Education on the distance education provisions in its proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Distance-Education-Provisions-in-the-Proposed-Teacher-Preparation-Program-Regulations.aspxComments on the Distance Education Provisions in the Proposed Teacher Preparation Program RegulationsComments submitted by ACE and the five other presidential higher education associations to the Department of Education regarding the distance education provisions in the proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Leadership-Programs-Provide-Opportunities-for-New-and-Seasoned-CAOs.aspxACE Leadership Programs Provide Opportunities for New and Seasoned CAOsRead more about the ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, CAO and CBO Collaborations: Working Together for Student Success, and ACE’s Advancing to the Presidency workshop.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Associations-Urge-Congress-to-Preserve-Pell-Surplus-DoD-Research-Funding.aspxACE, Associations Urge Congress to Preserve Pell Surplus, DoD Research FundingThe groups sent a letter expressing strong opposition to any effort to take funds from the Pell Grant Program to use for other purposes in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bills.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-Pell-Surplus.aspxLetter to Appropriations Committee Leaders on the Pell Grant Program SurplusLetter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees expressing strong opposition to any effort to use funding taken from the Pell Grant program for any purpose outside the program itself in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bills.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CAO-CBO-Workshop-Will-Focus-on-Strengthening-the-Partnership-Achieving-Institutional-Goals.aspxCAO-CBO Workshop Will Focus on Strengthening the Partnership, Achieving Institutional GoalsACE and NACUBO will bring together CAOs and CBOs for a workshop Aug. 1-2 on how to build successful partnerships and meet current institutional challenges.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-House-and-Senate-Appropriations-Subcommittees-on-DoD-Research-Funding.aspxLetter to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on DoD Research FundingLetter to the House and Senate Appropriations Department of Defense subcommittees, requesting continued support in FY 2017 for the critical funding for scientific research provided through DoD.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Early-Bird-Registration-Closing-Soon-for-87th-National-Womens-Leadership-Forum.aspxEarly Bird Registration Closing Soon for 87th National Women’s Leadership ForumACE’s 87th National Women’s Leadership Forum, an interactive program for those seeking a college or university presidency, vice presidency or major deanship, will be held June 15-17 in Arlington, VA.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Association-Statement-Opposing-Connecticut-Proposal-to-Tax-Yale-University.aspxAssociation Statement Opposing Connecticut Proposal to Tax Yale UniversityACE, the Association of American Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities issued this joint statement in response to legislation under consideration by the Connecticut General Assembly to impose taxation on Yale University.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACEs-Advancing-to-the-Presidency-Workshop-Will-Provide-Senior-Leaders-with-Tools-for-the-Next-Step.aspxACE’s Advancing to the Presidency Workshop Will Provide Senior Leaders with Tools for the Next Step​Senior level higher education administrators who are planning to seek a college presidency within the next two years should apply now for ACE’s Advancing to the Presidency 2016 workshop.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Early-Bird-Pricing-Ends-Soon-for-July-ACE-Leadership-Academy-for-Department-Chairs.aspxEarly Bird Pricing Ends Soon for July ACE Leadership Academy for Department ChairsThere is still space available for the July 2016 ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs, a two-day workshop that focuses on the chair not only as a unit leader but also as an academic leader in service to the institution and its mission.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-Report-Federal-Aid-Rarely-Affects-Tuition-Policy-at-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxNew Report: Federal Aid Rarely Affects Tuition Policy at Colleges and Universities​A new monograph written for ACE finds little evidence that increases in federal financial aid drive up college tuition, and that institutions rarely rely on federal aid as a rationale to give out less of their own institutional aid.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-Funding-Priorities-for-FY-2017.aspxLetter to Appropriations Committee Leaders on Funding Priorities for FY 2017Letter to the leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees requesting support for student aid and research programs for the upcoming fiscal year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Releases-Memo-on-Campus-Political-Campaign-Activities.aspxACE Releases Memo on Campus Political Campaign ActivitiesWith the 2016 presidential election in full swing, ACE has reissued its memo on Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Federal-Financial-Aid-Policy-and-College-Behavior.aspxFederal Financial Aid Policy and College BehaviorThis new monograph by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman finds little evidence that increases in federal financial aid drive up college tuition, and that institutions rarely rely on federal aid as a rationale to give out less of their own institutional aid.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Casteen-Receives-2016-ACE-Council-of-FellowsFidelity-Investments-Mentor-Award.aspxCasteen Receives 2016 ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award​John T. Casteen III, president emeritus of the University of Virginia, was presented today with the 2016 Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award during the opening plenary of ACE2016.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-IRS-Regarding-Mandatory-Reporting-on-IRS-Form-1098T.aspxLetter to the IRS Regarding Mandatory Reporting on IRS Form 1098-TACE and 13 other associations are requesting the IRS to delay implementation of new mandatory reporting requirements higher education institutions will have to include in a tax form issued to students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Talking-Points-Implementation-of-Mandatory-Box-1-Reporting-of-IRS-Form-1098T.aspxTalking Points: Implementation of Mandatory Box 1 Reporting of IRS Form 1098-TOn Dec. 18, 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act amended the Internal Code, eliminating the option for colleges and universities to report amounts billed for qualified tuition and expenses in Box 2 of IRS Form 1098-T.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Institute-for-New-Chief-Academic-Officers-Provides-Real-Life-Experience.aspxACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers Provides Real-Life Experience​Chief academic officers (CAOs) looking for practical guidance for navigating the position should apply now for the 2016-17 ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CAO-CBO-Workshop-to-Explore-How-Collaboration-Brings-Success.aspxCAO-CBO Workshop to Explore How Collaboration Brings SuccessACE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) will bring together CAOs and CBOs for a two-day workshop on how to build successful partnerships and meet current institutional challenges.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Memo-Political-Campaign-Related-Activities-of-and-at-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxMemo: Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and UniversitiesWith the 2016 election in full swing, consult this memo to help you educate campus adminitrators, faculty and staff on appropriate ways to become involved in elections, whether hosting an event or volunteering for a campaign.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Fact-Sheet-The-Impact-of-Proposed-Federal-Overtime-Rule-Changes-on-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxFact Sheet: The Impact of Proposed Federal Overtime Rule Changes on Colleges and UniversitiesThe Department of Labor proposed new rules in July 2015 to change the governing exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative and professional employees.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Talking-Points-ACA-and-Graduate-Student-Subsidies-for-SHIP-Coverage.aspxTalking Points: ACA and Graduate Student Subsidies for SHIP CoverageOn Feb. 5, 2016, the departments of Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor issued guidance that providing graduate students with student health insurance plan coverage is not permitted under the ACA’s employer mandate.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Register-Now-for-July-2016-ACE-Leadership-Academy-for-Department-Chairs-Workshop-in-DC.aspxRegister Now for July 2016 ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs Workshop in DCRegistration is now open for the July 2016 ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs, a two-day workshop that focuses on the chair not only as a unit leader but also as an academic leader in service to the institution and its mission.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Lucie-Lapovsky-to-Receive-Donna-Shavlik-Award-at-ACE2016.aspxLucie Lapovsky to Receive Donna Shavlik Award at ACE2016The award will be given at ACE2016, ACE’s 98th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, during the Women's Leadership Dinner. The Michigan ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education also will be recognized.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Institute-for-New-CAOs-to-Highlight-the-Path-to-Leadership.aspxACE Institute for New CAOs to Highlight the Path to LeadershipChief academic officers (CAOs) from all sectors of higher education can apply now for the 2016-17 ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, which is designed specifically for CAOs in their first three years of service.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-President-Releases-Budget-for-FY-2017-Requests-Funding-for-Americas-College-Promise-Program.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: President Releases Budget for FY 2017, Requests Funding for America’s College Promise Program​President Obama released the final budget request of his presidency yesterday, requesting a total of $69.4 billion for the Department of Education for FY 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Fellows-Gather-for-Mid-Year-Retreat-Gain-Perspective-on-Fellowship-Year.aspxACE Fellows Gather for Mid-Year Retreat, Gain Perspective on Fellowship YearThe ACE Fellows Program Class of 2015-16 met last month in Miami for a mid-year retreat designed to foster reflection on the fellowship experience, assess progress on individual goals and create a post-Fellowship plan.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Womens-Forums-to-Provide-Leadership-Opportunities-for-Emerging-and-Senior-Leaders.aspxACE Women’s Forums to Provide Leadership Opportunities for Emerging and Senior Leaders​Aspiring and senior women leaders have opportunities to hone their leadership skills through ACE programs in the coming year, including the ACE Regional Women’s Leadership Forum and the National Women's Leadership Forum.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Launches-Moving-the-Needle-Campaign-to-Achieve-Higher-Education-Leadership-Gender-Parity.aspxACE Launches Moving the Needle Campaign to Achieve Higher Education Leadership Gender ParityA new campaign that asks presidents of colleges, universities and related associations to commit to helping achieve the goal that by 2030, half of U.S. college and university chief executives are women.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Registration-Now-Open-for-87th-National-Womens-Leadership-Forum.aspxRegistration Now Open for 87th National Women’s Leadership ForumSenior-level female administrators are invited to register for ACE’s 87th National Women’s Leadership Forum, scheduled for June 15-17 in Arlington, VA.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Institute-for-New-CAOs-Provides-Practical-Executive-Leadership-Development.aspxACE Institute for New CAOs Provides Practical Executive Leadership Development​Chief academic officers (CAOs) from all sectors of higher education can apply now for the 2016-17 ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, a nine-month program designed specifically for CAOs in their first three years of service.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Notice-of-Benefit-and-Payment-Parameters-for-2017.aspxComments on Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on the proposed 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters, the annual rule through which it sets out Affordable Care Act policy for the coming years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-to-NLRB-on-The-New-School.aspxAmicus Brief to the National Labor Relations Board on The New SchoolACE and five other associations filed this brief with the National Labor Relations Board in the case of The New School and Student Employees at The New School – Sens UAW, involving the issue of whether graduate students serving in various graduate assistant categories at private nonprofit universities have collective bargaining rights and can unionize under the National Labor Relations Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Senate-on-Perkins-Loan-Program-Extension.aspxLetter to the Senate on Perkins Loan Program ExtensionLetter to Senate HELP Committee leaders on behalf of 8 higher education associations to urge the consideration of legislation to extend the Federal Perkins Loan Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Poised-to-Reinstate-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxCongress Poised to Reinstate Perkins Loan Program​Congress is poised this week to reinstate the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which expired on Oct. 1. The Senate today approved a bill renewing the program for two years, although with restrictions that will raise costs for many borrowers. The House is expected to follow suit on Thursday.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Takes-a-Second-Look-at-Fisher-v-UT-Austin.aspxSupreme Court Takes a Second Look at UT's Admissions PolicyThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Dec. 9 in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), a case that focuses on UT’s limited use of race in its admissions process.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Perkins-Loan-Supporters-Push-for-Reinstatement-of-the-Program.aspxPerkins Loan Supporters Push for Reinstatement of the Program​ACE, 53 higher education organizations and 535 colleges and universities are requesting a one-year extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which expired on Oct. 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congress-in-Support-of-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxLetter to Congress in Support of Perkins Loan ProgramLetter to congressional leaders on behalf of 53 higher education organizations and 535 institutions in support a one-year extension of the Perkins Loan Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Associations-Ask-Congress-to-Prioritize-Higher-Education-in-FY-2016-Labor-HHS-Spending-Bill.aspxAssociations Ask Congress to Prioritize Higher Education in FY 2016 Labor-HHS Spending BillACE and a group of 21 higher education associations ask for higher education be made a priority as appropriations committees move forward on the remaining spending bills for the 2016 fiscal year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Draft-Rule-for-STEM-OPT-Program.aspxComments on Draft Rule for STEM OPT ProgramComments to the Department of Homeland Security on its proposed rule for STEM Optional Practical Training.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-Higher-Education-Funding-in-the-FY-2016-Labor-HHS-Appropriations-Bill.aspxLetter on Higher Education Funding in the FY 2016 Labor-HHS Appropriations BillLetter to House and Senate appropriations committee leaders urging them to prioritize higher education in the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Department-of-Education-Announces-Accreditation-Plans.aspxDepartment of Education Announces Accreditation Plans​The Department of Education has released a package of measures designed to enhance higher education accreditation, part of the administration’s push to make accreditors focus more on student outcomes.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Department-of-Education-Accreditation-Plan.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Accreditation PlanThere is no question that accreditors are being called upon to watch institutions—especially low-performing schools—more carefully and the Department of Education’s action comes in response to that imperative.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-the-Tax-Provisions-in-the-PARTNERSHIPS-Act.aspxLetter on the Tax Provisions in the PARTNERSHIPS ActLetter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in support of the tax provisions in the PARTNERSHIPS Act (S. 2191), which will make the tax code more effective in aiding students and families.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Submit-Brief-to-Supreme-Court-for-Second-Hearing-of-Fisher-v-UT-Austin.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Submit Brief to Supreme Court for Second Hearing of Fisher v. UT-AustinThe U.S. Supreme Court will rehear the case on the University of Texas at Austin's diversity in admissions policy Dec. 9.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-to-the-US-Supreme-Court-Second-Hearing-of-Fisher-v-University-of-Texas-at-Austin.aspxAmicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court: In the Second Hearing of Fisher v. University of Texas at AustinACE and 37 other higher education associations filed this brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, as the court prepares to take a second look at UT’s diversity in admissions policy.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Forum-to-Help-Campus-Leaders-Move-Internationalization-from-Vision-to-Reality.aspxForum to Help Presidents and CAOs Realize Internationalization GoalsThis year’s Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization (formerly the Leadership Network for International Education) is scheduled for Nov. 10 in Washington, DC.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Testimony-Before-the-Ways-and-Means-Subcommittee-Hearing-on-the-Rising-Costs-of-Higher-Education-and-Tax-Policy.aspxTestimony Before the Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on College Costs and Tax PolicyTestimony from ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle before the Oct. 7 House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight hearing.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Ways-and-Means-Hearing-Looks-at-Higher-Education-Costs-and-Tax-Policy.aspxHouse Ways and Means Hearing Looks at Higher Education Costs and Tax Policy​ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle was among the witnesses before a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on the role federal tax policy plays in controlling college costs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-Resources-Available-for-Medical-Schools-and-Colleges-Navigating-Career-Flexibility-Issues.aspxNew Resources Available for Medical Schools and Colleges Navigating Career Flexibility Issues​The Policy Trends at Medical Schools and Colleges toolkit, an examination of structural and cultural changes institutions can utilize to better balance professional and personal lives for faculty in academic medicine, is now available.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Dear-Colleague-Letter-Regarding-Student-Medical-Records.aspxComments on Dear Colleague Letter Regarding Student Medical RecordsComments on the Department of Education’s August 18, 2015 draft Dear Colleague Letter to institutions of higher education regarding the handling of student medical records.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Free-Webinar-to-Explore-Best-Practices-in-Faculty-Retirement-Transitions.aspxFree Webinar to Explore Best Practices in Faculty Retirement TransitionsThe webinar, scheduled for Oct. 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EDT), will explore topics important to institutions as faculty move toward the culminating stage of their academic career.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Ninth-Circuits-Ruling-in-OBannon-v-NCAA.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Ninth Circuit’s Ruling in O’Bannon v. NCAAStudent-athletes are first and foremost students, and transforming them into paid professionals would harm the quality of their overall educational experience.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Appeals-Court-Rules-Against-Payments-for-Student-Athletes.aspxAppeals Court Rules Against Payments for Student-AthletesThe Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued a long-awaited ruling in the closely watched O’Bannon v. NCAA class-action antitrust lawsuit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-Leaders-Urging-Extension-for-the-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxLetter to Senate Leaders Urging Extension for the Perkins Loan ProgramLetter to Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions urging them to extend the Perkins Loan Program, which is set to expire on Oct. 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Poised-to-Approved-Bill-to-Extend-Perkins-Loans-Program.aspxHouse Passes Bill to Extend Perkins Loan ProgramThe House has passed a bipartisan bill to extend the Perkins Loan Program through October 2016. The program is set to expire Oct. 1 barring action by the Senate.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-of-Support-for-House-Bill-to-Extend-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxLetter of Support for House Bill to Extend Perkins Loan ProgramLetter to Reps. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) of the House Education and the Workforce Committee in support of their bill to extend the Perkins Loan Program through October 2016.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Fellows-Step-Out-of-Their-Comfort-Zone-During-Opening-Retreat.aspxACE Fellows Step Out of Their Comfort Zone During Opening RetreatThe ACE Fellows Program Class of 2015-16 gathered in August for six days for a retreat to mark the official kick-off to the Fellowship year. The application is now open for 2016-17 class.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-White-Houses-Prior-Prior-Year-Announcement.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the White House’s “Prior-Prior Year” AnnouncementThe White House has announced that the federal government allow students to apply for financial aid based on their family’s income from two years earlier instead of the immediately previous year, a concept known as “prior-prior year.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Department-of-Educations-Revised-College-Scorecard.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education’s Revised College ScorecardThe Department of Education has unveiled its new College Scorecard website, the tool it is offering in place of the administration's plan to rate colleges.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/MONDAY-BUZZ-White-House-Releases-College-Scorecard-Announces-FAFSA-Changes.aspxMONDAY BUZZ: White House Releases College Scorecard, Announces FAFSA Changes​The Obama administration announced two major initiatives over the weekend: The launch of the new College Scorecard website, and a major step toward FAFSA simplification in the form of “prior-prior year” income data.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Subcommittee-Holds-Hearing-on-Sexual-Assault.aspxHouse Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Sexual AssaultA House subcommittee yesterday held the latest in its series of hearings to discuss issues related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, this time to deliberate on preventing and responding to sexual assault on campus.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Labor-Department-Proposed-Overtime-Rules.aspxComments on the Department of Labor's Draft Overtime RulesACE joined CUPA-HR and 16 other higher education organizations in submitting comments to the Department of Labor's draft regulations governing exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative and professional employees.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-National-Labor-Relations-Boards-decision-in-the-Northwestern-Student.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the National Labor Relations Board’s Decision in the Northwestern Student-Athlete Unionization CaseNLRB has ended an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NLRB-Dismisses-Northwestern-Football-Players-Unionization-Bid.aspxNLRB Dismisses Northwestern Football Players’ Unionization BidThe National Labor Relations Board has ended an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize. In a unanimous ruling, the NLRB declined to assert jurisdiction in the case.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Clinton-Student-Loan-Plan.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan PlanHillary Clinton has rolled out a $350 billion proposal designed to help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates for people with student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Appeals-Court-41-5-Million-Jury-Award-in-Study-Abroad-Case-Could-Discourage-School-Trips.aspxAppeals Court: $41.5 Million Jury Award in Study-Abroad Case Could Discourage School TripsThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued a decision in the so-called Hotchkiss School “tick-bite case,” a study-abroad liability suit in which ACE submitted an amicus brief last year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-HELP-Committee-Holds-Hearing-on-Campus-Sexual-Assault.aspxSenate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Campus Sexual AssaultThe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing July 29 on campus sexual assault, one in a series of panels the committee has held in conjunction with its work on Higher Education Act reauthorization.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Applications-Now-Being-Accepted-for-2016-17-ACE-Fellows-Program-Class.aspxApplications Now Being Accepted for 2016-17 ACE Fellows Program ClassAs the ACE Fellows Program concludes its landmark 50th anniversary this academic year, the application process for the 2016-17 class is underway.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Passes-Need-Based-Education-Aid-Act.aspxCongress Passes Need-Based Education Aid ActThe House of Representatives yesterday voted unanimously to approve the Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015 (S. 1482), sending the bill to President Obama for his expected signature.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Groundbreaking-Report-on-Race-Class-and-College-Access-to-Be-Released-Today-at-Live-Streamed-Event.aspxACE Releases Groundbreaking Report on Race, Class, and College AccessNew report examines contemporary admissions practices at four-year colleges and universities across a wide range of selectivity in the context of recent legal challenges to race-conscious admissions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Finance-Committee-Leaders-on-Extension-of-Expired-Higher-Education-Tax-Incentives.aspxLetter to Finance Committee Leaders on Extension of Expired Higher Education Tax IncentivesTo the leaders of the House and Senate finance committees, urging them to include extensions of the tuition deduction and the IRA Charitable Rollover in any tax extenders legislation to be enacted this year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Federal-Appeals-Court-Legality-of-Unpaid-Internships-Depends-on-Educational-Value-of-Work.aspxFederal Appeals Court: Legality of Unpaid Internships Depends on Educational Value of WorkA federal appeals court has agreed that unpaid internships can be legal if the students are gaining an educational benefit from the work, a positive ruling for the ability of employers and higher education institutions to continue to offer students these opportunities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Department-of-Education-on-NPRM-to-Amend-Cash-Management-Regulations-.aspxComments to the Department of Education on NPRM to Amend Cash Management RegulationsComments submitted by ACE and nine higher education associations in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the cash management regulations issued under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, which are designed to ensure that students have convenient access to their federal financial aid funds.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Fisher-v-University-of-Texas.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the U.S. Supreme Court Granting Review in Fisher v. University of TexasThe U.S. Supreme Court has again agreed to hear a legal challenge to the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, first decided by the court in 2013.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Education-Department-Scales-Back-Plan-to-Rate-Colleges.aspxEducation Department Scales Back Plan to Rate CollegesThe Department of Education (ED) announced yesterday that it has scaled back the planned Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) first announced by President Obama in August 2013.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Moves-Forward-on-Education-Funding.aspxCongress Moves Forward on Education FundingThe House and Senate appropriations committees both passed their FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bills this week, and the results were somewhat mixed for higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Department-of-Educations-Ratings-Plan.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Department of Education's Ratings PlanThe Department of Education is now planning a consumer-oriented website that will not include a scoring system or any evaluations of colleges.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Moving-the-Needle-Advancing-Women-Leaders-Roundtable-Meets-in-DC.aspxMoving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders Roundtable Meets in DCMoving the Needle is a collaborative, multi-association initiative that seeks to increase the number of women in higher education senior leadership positions through programs, research and resources.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Ruling-Clears-the-Way-for-Education-Department-Gainful-Employment-Regulation.aspxRuling Clears the Way for Education Department’s Gainful Employment RegulationA federal judge has cleared the way for the Education Department’s gainful employment regulation, part of the administration’s efforts to ensure that individuals who enroll in career training programs can repay their student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-the-FY-2016-Labor-HHS-Spending-Bill.aspxLetter to Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders on the FY 2016 Labor-HHS Spending BillThe letter outlines a number of problems with the bill, including cuts to critical campus-based aid programs like Federal Work-Study and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and level funding for TRIO and GEAR UP.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-House-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-FY-2016-Labor-HHS-Spending-Bill.aspxLetter to House Appropriations Committee Leaders on the FY 2016 Labor-HHS Spending BillLetter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers and Ranking Member Nita Lowey expressing support for the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill passed by the subcommittee and encouraging committee members to vote for its passage.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Student-Loan-Tax-Debt-Relief-Act.aspxLetter in Support of the Student Loan Tax Debt Relief ActLetter to Rep. Jim McDermott in support of the Student Loan Tax Debt Relief Act (H.R. 2429), which will ensure that federal student loan debt forgiven through the Income-Based Repayment and Income-Contingent Repayment programs is not taxed as income.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Class-of-2014-15-ACE-Fellows-Gather-for-Final-Retreat.aspxClass of 2014-15 ACE Fellows Gathers for Closing RetreatThe 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program gathered last week in Washington, DC, to reflect on their shared experiences during the program’s four-day closing retreat.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Appropriations-Subcommittee-Approves-FY-2016-Education-Spending-Bill.aspxHouse Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2016 Education Spending BillThe House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, has approved a FY 2016 spending measure that might best be characterized as better news than expected for higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Institute-Helped-Campus-Leaders-Craft-Plans-for-Internationalization.aspxACE Institute Helped Campus Leaders Craft Plans for InternationalizationACE recently hosted the Institute for Leading Internationalization, a three-day professional development experience for administrators who have a critical role in advancing internationalization on their campuses.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-HELP-Hearing-on-College-Affordability-Focuses-on-Declines-in-State-Funding.aspxSenate HELP Hearing on College Affordability Focuses on Declines in State FundingA Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on ensuring college affordability focused on the continuing pattern of state disinvestment in higher education and the direct impact it has on college costs, student debt loads and access to higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Access-and-Diversity-Collaborative-Issues-Syllabus.aspxAccess and Diversity Collaborative Issues SyllabusDesigned to map relevant issues about campus diversity and direct institutions to important resources that can help them understand these issues, develop effective policies and mitigate legal risk.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Its-Not-Too-Early-to-Think-About-Applying-for-the-Next-Class-of-ACE-Fellows.aspxIt’s Not Too Early to Think About Applying for the Next Class of ACE FellowsAs the ACE Fellows Program concludes its landmark 50th anniversary this academic year, it’s not too early to start thinking about applying to be a member of the 2016-17 class of the ACE Fellows Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-HELP-Committee-Leaders-on-CASA.aspxLetter to Senate HELP Committee Leaders on the Campus Accountability and Safety ActLetter to Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the S. 590, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Excise-Tax-on-High-Cost-Employer-Sponsored-Health-Coverage.aspxComments on the Excise Tax on High Cost Employer-Sponsored Health CoverageComments to the IRS on a notice released Feb. 23 regarding excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health plans, the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac Plan" tax.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Data-Transparency-Consumer-information-Paper.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on Data Transparency-Consumer Information PaperRead ACE's comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about Sen. Lamar Alexander’s policy paper on Federal Postsecondary Data Transparency and Consumer Information.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Alexander-Policy-Paper-on-Data-Transparency-and-Consumer-Information.aspxComments on Sen. Alexander's Policy Paper on Data Transparency and Consumer InformationResponse to one of three policy papers issued March 23 by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, on topics related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-OECD-on-AHELO.aspxLetter to OECD on AHELO Project​Letter from ACE and Universities Canada to Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) about the OECD’s AHELO (Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes) project. In the letter, the associations express their strong concerns with the recently issued “Revised Scoping Paper for an AHELO Main Study,” as well as reiterate their grave reservations about using AHELO as a global assessment instrument.​http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Passes-FY-2016-Budget-Resolution.aspxCongress Passes FY 2016 Budget ResolutionThe plan cuts more than $5 trillion in spending from nearly all federal government agencies over the next decade, including $496 billion from the overall pool of funds for student aid, scientific research and institutional support.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Alexander-Accreditation-Policy-Paper.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on Alexander Accreditation Policy PaperRead comments from ACE and a group of 28 higher education associations and regional accreditors on Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) policy paper on accreditation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/A-Policy-and-Legal-Syllabus-for-Diversity-Programs-at-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxA Policy and Legal Syllabus for Diversity Programs at Colleges and UniversitiesThis Syllabus is designed to map relevant issues about campus diversity and direct institutions to important resources that can help them understand these issues, develop effective policies and mitigate legal risk.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Issue-Brief-on-Guidance-Related-to-Role-and-Responsibilities-of-Title-IX-Coordinators.aspxIssue Brief: The Department of Education's Guidance on the Role and Responsibilities of Title IX CoordinatorsIssue brief on the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights new guidance package on campus Title IX coordinators. The brief summarizes aspects of the new guidance and flags selected points that OCR has not previously conveyed.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Association-Statement-on-Introduction-of-PATENT-Act.aspxHigher Education Association Statement on Introduction of PATENT ActA group of higher education associations, including ACE, released this statement on the introduction of the PATENT Act in the Senate Judiciary Committee.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Accreditation-Policy-Paper-Issued-by-Sen-Lamar-Alexander.aspxComments on Sen. Alexander's Accreditation Policy PaperResponse to one of three policy papers issued March 23 by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, on topics related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Alexander-Risk-Sharing-Proposals.aspxRisk-Sharing Proposals Would Have Negative Consequences for Students and InstitutionsSenate HELP Committee proposals to add risk and cost for institutions participating in federal financial aid programs would penalize all students and institutions in attempt to address the behaviors of a handful of bad actors.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Risk-Sharing-White-Paper-Released-by-Sen-Lamar-Alexander.aspxComments on Sen. Alexander's Risk-Sharing Policy PaperResponse to one of three policy papers issued March 23 by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, on topics related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Campaign-to-Save-Student-Aid-Launches.aspxCampaign to Save Student Aid LaunchesThe Student Aid Alliance launches a campaign to increase awareness and spur action against congressional threats to curtail federal student aid programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Senate-Finance-Committee-Tax-Reform-Working-Group-on-Individual-Income-Tax.aspxComments to the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Working GroupsComments to the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform on tax provisions important to higher education, students and families.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Memo-Campus-Accountability-and-Safety-Act-114th-Congress.aspxSummary: Campus Accountability and Safety Act (114th Congress)This memo addresses provisions in the Campus Accountability and Safety Act relating to matters such as confidential advisors; climate surveys; Clery Act reporting obligations; agreements with law enforcement agencies; definitions; and terminology.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Names-47-Faculty-and-Administrators-to-Fellows-Program.aspxACE Names 47 Faculty and Administrators to Fellows ProgramAs the ACE Fellows Program celebrates its 50th anniversary this academic year, 47 emerging college and university leaders have been selected for the 2015-16 class.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Begins-Work-on-FY-2016-Budget.aspxCongress Begins Work on FY 2016 Budget​Congress took the first major step toward a FY 2016 budget last week with the passage of budget resolutions in the House and the Senate, both of which propose to greatly restrict available funding for student aid and research.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Holtschneider-Receives-2015-ACE-Council-of-Fellows-Fidelity-Investments-Mentor-Award.aspxHoltschneider Receives 2015 ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award​The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University (IL), was presented today with the 2015 Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award* during the opening plenary of ACE's 97th Annual Meeting.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/President-Proposes-Student-Aid-Bill-of-Rights.aspxPresident Proposes Student Aid Bill of Rights​President Obama, in a visit yesterday to Georgia Tech, announced a plan to streamline the system for servicing federal student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Lynn-M-Gangone-Named-ACE-Vice-President-for-Leadership-Programs.aspxLynn M. Gangone Named ACE Vice President for Leadership ProgramsLynn M. Gangone, currently dean of Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver, will oversee ACE’s suite of programming for current and future higher education leaders.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-President-Obamas-Student-Loan-Plan.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Student Loan PlanThe president's proposed "Student Aid Bill of Rights" would streamline the system for servicing student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Support-Schumer-Tax-Credit-Bill.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Support Schumer Tax Credit BillACE and 11 other higher education associations sent a letter Feb. 27 to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in support of his recently introduced bill to make a number of important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-of-Support-for-the-American-Opportunity-Tax-Credit-Permanence-and-Consolidation-Act-of-2015.aspxLetter of Support for the American Opportunity Tax Credit Permanence and Consolidation Act of 2015Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in support of his recently introduced bill to make a number of important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congressional-Budget-Committee-Leaders-on-FY-2016-Budget-Resolution.aspxLetter to Congressional Budget Committee Leaders on FY 2016 Budget ResolutionLetter from higher education association presidents to House and Senate budget committee leaders, urging Congress to repeal the 2013 sequestration cuts and give a high priority to higher education and research funding in the FY 2016 budget resolution.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/National-Challenge-for-Higher-Education-Conference-Executive-Summary-Now-Available.aspxNational Challenge for Higher Education Conference Executive Summary Now AvailableAn executive summary from the July 2014 National Challenge for Higher Education Conference is now available, offering examples of cost-benefit analyses, information about faculty retirement and a variety of best practices.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-HELP-Committee-Hears-From-Regulation-Task-Force-Co-chairs.aspxSenate HELP Committee Hears From Regulation Task Force Co-Chairs​A Senate panel heard testimony yesterday from the two chancellors who co-chaired the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, which released a report Feb. 12 examining how the federal oversight of colleges and universities has expanded in recent years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Webinar-Will-Look-at-Assessing-Compliance-Programs.aspxWebinar Will Look at Assessing Compliance Programs​The National Association of College and University Attorneys, in cooperation with ACE, will present a webinar next week on how to assess a compliance program on your campus.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Ed-Groups-Support-House-Regulatory-Relief-Act.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Support Regulatory Relief ActBipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to block some of the most controversial Department of Education regulations that impact colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congress-on-the-Supporting-Academic-Freedom-Through-Regulatory-Relief-Act.aspxLetter to Congress on the Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief ActLetter from ACE and 24 higher education groups endorsing legislation that would block some of the most controversial Department of Education regulations that impact colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Proposed-Postsecondary-Institution-Ratings-System.aspxComments on the Framework for the Proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings SystemComments to the Department of Education on the framework released in December 2014 for the Obama administration's proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Ratings-Plan.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups: Administration’s College Ratings Plan Framework Is Not FeasibleIn comments to the Department of Education, they urge other routes to achieve the goals of better consumer information and stronger accountability.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Task-Force-on-Federal-Regulation-of-Higher-Education-Releases-Report.aspxTask Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education Releases Report​The bipartisan group of U.S. senators that created the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education has released a report examining how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Bill-to-Exempt-Student-Workers-From-the-Affordable-Care-Act-Reintroduced-in-the-House.aspxBill to Exempt Student Workers From the Affordable Care Act Reintroduced in the House​ACE and a group of seven higher education associations are endorsing a bill that would exempt full-time students from the ACA's employer mandate, which requires large employers to offer health insurance plans to employees working 30 hours a week or more.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Student-Worker-Exemption-Act-of-2015.aspxLetter in Support of the Student Worker Exemption Act of 2015Letter to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) endorsing his bill to exempt full-time students from the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which requires large employers—including colleges and universities—to offer health insurance plans to employees working 30 hours a week or more.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/FCC-Outlines-Proposal-for-Strong-Network-Neutrality-Protections.aspxFCC Outlines Proposal for Strong Network Neutrality ProtectionsFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced the outlines of a proposal to protect network neutrality that, if approved, will have a significant impact on higher education institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Stephen-Kimble-v-Marvel-Enterprises.aspxAmicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court: Kimble v. Marvel EnterprisesAmicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a case that could potentially overturn a 50-year-old patent decision.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Presidents-Proposed-FY-2016-Budget-Focuses-on-Higher-Education.aspxPresident’s Proposed FY 2016 Budget Focuses on Higher Education​President Obama's budget request for FY 2016 calls for increasing federal spending on many higher education programs, including his proposal for two free years of community college nationwide.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-30-Higher-Education-Groups-Proposed-Teacher-Prep-Regulations-Will-Undo-Progress-Made-to-Improve-Program-Quality.aspxProposed Teacher Preparation Regulations Will Undo Progress Made to Improve Program Quality​In comments to the Education Department, ACE and 30 other higher education groups write that the proposed rules for teacher prep programs will worsen existing challenges and undo progress made by states and institutions to improve program quality.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Department-of-Educations-Proposed-Rules-for-Teacher-Preparation-Programs.aspxComments on Department of Education’s Proposed Regulations for Teacher Preparation ProgramsThe proposed rules will exacerbate existing challenges while undoing much of the progress made by states and institutions to improve program quality, note the groups signing the comments.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Say-Tax-Bill-Important-to-Increasing-College-Access.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Say Tax Bill Important to Increasing College Access​ACE and a group of nine higher education associations sent a letter yesterday to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) strongly endorsing his American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015, which makes important reforms to the AOTC and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-American-Opportunity-Tax-Credit-Act-of-2015.aspxLetter in Support of the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015Letter to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) strongly endorsing the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015, which makes important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Immigration-Innovation-Act-Would-Implement-Much-Needed-Visa-Reforms.aspxImmigration Innovation Act Would Implement Much-Needed Visa Reforms​A bipartisan group of senators have introduced a visa reform bill designed to expand the ability of high-skilled workers to live and work in the United States.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Immigration-Innovation-Act-of-2015.aspxLetter in Support of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015Letter to the Senate sponsors of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015, expressing strong support for the bipartisan bill aimed at expanding the ability of high-skilled workers to live and work in the United States.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-President-Presents-Community-College-Proposal-as-Part-of-Broader-Middle-Class-Economics-Plan.aspxPresident Presents Community College Proposal as Part of Broader “Middle Class Economics” Plan​President Obama discussed his proposal for two years of free community college as necessary to secure the nation’s future in a “21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-Legislation-to-Expand-the-Student-Loan-Interest-Deduction.aspxLetter in Support of Legislation to Expand the Student Loan Interest DeductionLetter to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), endorsing his bill to increase the student loan interest deduction from $2,500 to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for joint filers, along with other changes.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Approves-Terrorism-Risk-Insurance-Reauthorization-Bill.aspxCongress Approves Terrorism Risk Insurance Reauthorization Bill​Congress approved legislation last week to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which expired Dec. 31. TRIA is a significant issue for universities, especially those with DI athletic programs or major DoD labs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-President-Obamas-Community-College-Initiative.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Community College InitiativePresident Obama has presented an extremely bold proposal, a potential game-changer that could encourage millions more students to consider, apply and enroll in postsecondary education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/FRIDAY-BUZZ-President-Obama-Proposes-Two-Years-of-Free-Community-College.aspxFRIDAY BUZZ: President Obama Proposes Two Years of Free Community CollegePresident Obama today outlined an ambitious proposal to make community college tuition-free nationwide in a speech at Knoxville’s Pellissippi State Community College.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Say-Cost-Estimates-for-Teacher-Prep-Rules-Unrealistically-Low.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Say Cost Estimates for Teacher Prep Rules “Unrealistically Low”Read about the comments sent by ACE and a group of 22 higher education associations sent to OMB on the cost implications of the Education Department's proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-OMB-Cost-Estimates-for-Proposed-Teacher-Preparation-Regulations.aspxComments on the OMB Cost Estimates for Proposed Teacher Preparation RegulationsComments to the Office of Management and Budget in response to the "Information Collection Request" on the estimates of cost burden on the Department of Education's proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Department-of-Education-Releases-Status-Report-on-Ratings-System-Plan.aspxDepartment of Education Releases Status Report on Ratings System PlanThe Department of Education Friday released the “draft framework” of the agency’s planned college ratings system.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Department-of-Educations-College-Ratings-Framework.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education’s College Ratings Framework​The Department of Education has worked hard and engaged in extensive consultation to produce a thoughtful report on the status of its planned ratings system. However, in reality this is a status report on the beginning of a conceptual framework.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-President-Obama-on-Prior-Prior-Year-Income-Data.aspxLetter to President Obama on Prior-Prior Year Income Data for Federal Student Aid EligibilityLetter urging the White House to further simplify the college financial aid process by directing the Secretary of Education to base federal student aid eligibility on the tax data that are available when students typically apply to college.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Extends-Tax-Credits-Important-to-Higher-Education-Fails-to-Act-on-Terrorism-Insurance-Program.aspxCongress Extends Tax Credits Important to Higher Education, Fails to Act on Terrorism Insurance Program​The Senate yesterday approved an extension of $45 billion in expiring tax incentives, including several major provisions important to higher education before senators left town for the year and formally wrapped up the business of the 113th Congress.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Senate-on-Reauthorizing-the-Terrorism-Risk-Insurance-Program.aspxLetter to the Senate on Reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance ProgramLetter to the Senate urging approval of the Terrorism Risk Insurance (TRIA) Program Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S. 2244) as passed by the House without additional amendments.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Census-Bureau-on-the-American-Community-Survey-Content-Review.aspxLetter to the Census Bureau on the American Community Survey Content ReviewLetter to the Census Bureau in response to the request for comments on the "American Community Survey Content Review Results" published in the Oct. 31, 2014, Federal Register.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Funding-Remains-Flat-in-FY-2015-Spending-Bill.aspxHigher Education Funding Remains Flat in FY 2015 Spending BillHigher education funding remains mostly flat under the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds most federal agencies through the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2015.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Understanding-College-and-University-Endowments.aspxUnderstanding College and University EndowmentsThis brief answers questions frequently asked by students, faculty, alumni, journalists, public officials, and others interested in endowments and the financial circumstances of American colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Understanding-College-and-University-Endowments-News.aspxUnderstanding College and University EndowmentsA new ACE publication outlines the importance of these funds in helping institutions support their educational missions and answers frequently asked questions about their purpose and use.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congress-on-Permanent-Extension-of-IRA-Charitable-Rollover.aspxLetter to Congress on Permanently Extending the IRA Charitable RolloverLetter to all members of the House and Senate, urging them to pass a permanent extension of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover this year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/FRIDAY-BUZZ-President-Obama-Holds-Second-Higher-Education-Access-Summit.aspxFRIDAY BUZZ: White House Holds Second Higher Education Access SummitSeveral hundred higher education leaders gathered in Washington Dec. 4 for the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action, an event that focused on efforts to help students prepare for and graduate from college.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amid-Uncertainty-on-Federal-Spending-Bill-a-Potential-Problem-for-Pell-Grants.aspxAmid Uncertainty on Federal Spending Bill, a Potential Problem for Pell Grants​As congressional leaders continue to debate funding the federal government for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year, reports have circulated of a proposal in the Senate to cut $2 billion in Pell Grant funding.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Death-of-ACE-General-Counsel-Ada-Meloy.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Death of ACE General Counsel Ada MeloyACE mourns the loss of a dear colleague and friend.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-Subcommittee-on-Cutting-Pell-Grant-Funding.aspxLetter to the Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee on Cutting Pell Grant FundingLetter to Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-KS) expressing strong opposition to any effort to use funding taken from the Pell Grant Program for any other purpose in the FY 2015 appropriations bill under consideration by the subcommittee.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Files-Brief-in-Appeal-of-OBannon-Case.aspxACE Files Brief in Appeal of O’Bannon Case​ACE submitted a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in support of the National College Athletic Association’s (NCAA) appeal in the class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by Ed O’Bannon.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Presidents-Executive-Action-on-Immigration-Reform-Expands-Deferred-Action-Program.aspxPresident’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform Expands Deferred Action Program​President Obama has outlined his long-awaited plan for executive action on immigration reform, which includes an expansion of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, launched in 2012.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-OBannon-v-National-Collegiate-Athletic-Association.aspxAmicus Brief: Edward C. O'Bannon, Jr. v. National Collegiate Athletic AssociationSubmitted by ACE, the Association of Governing Boards and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in support of the NCAA in its appeal of the O'Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Testimony-on-Copyright-Issues-in-Education-and-for-the-Visually-Impaired.aspxTestimony on Copyright Issues in Education and for the Visually ImpairedStatement of Jack Bernard, associate general counsel for the University of Michigan, to the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. Bernard testified on behalf of the higher education community at the Nov. 19 hearing on "Copyright Issues in Education and for the Visually Impaired.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Hearing-Looks-at-Copyright-Issues-in-Education.aspxHouse Hearing Looks at Copyright Issues in Education​A House Judiciary subcommittee today heard testimony on Copyright Issues in Education and for the Visually Impaired as Congress continues to consider whether to revise the Copyright Act, last overhauled in 1976.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/THURSDAY-BUZZ-Education-Department-Releases-Final-Gainful-Employment-Rule.aspxTHURSDAY BUZZ: Education Department Releases Final Gainful Employment Rule​The Department of Education today released the final rule on gainful employment, an effort to ensure that individuals who enroll in career training programs will earn enough money to repay their student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Education-Groups-File-Brief-in-Study-Abroad-Liability-Case.aspxACE, Education Groups File Brief in Study Abroad Liability CaseACE, the National Association of Independent Schools and 26 education groups have submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of The Hotchkiss School as the institution appeals a federal court ruling in a study-abroad liability case.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Fair-Use-Case-Sent-Back-to-Lower-Court.aspxFair Use Case Sent Back to Lower CourtThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued its opinion Oct. 17 in Cambridge University Press v. Patton, the case challenging the use of various scholarly works in the Georgia State University library’s electronic reserves.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-Munn-v-The-Hotchkiss-School.aspxAmicus Brief: Munn v. The Hotchkiss SchoolSubmitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, this brief supports the Hotchkiss School in its appeal of a lower court ruling that awarded $41.75 million to the plaintiff for allegedly suffering a tick bite while on a study-abroad trip.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Education-Department-Issues-Final-Rules-Aimed-at-Campus-Safety.aspxEducation Department Issues Final Rules Aimed at Campus Safety​The Department of Education has issued final rules to implement changes to the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which President Obama signed into law last year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-White-House-Task-Force-to-Protect-Students-From-Sexual-Assault-on-Working-With-Law-Enforcement-Agencies-.aspxLetter to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault: Working With Law Enforcement AgenciesLetter from ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault outlining recommendations on how to best work with local law enforcement agencies to protect students on and around campus.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Opens-Survey-to-Admissions-and-Enrollment-Management-Leaders.aspxACE Opens Survey to Admissions and Enrollment Management LeadersThe results will inform a new study to examine how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions have changed contemporary admissions practices.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Submit-Suggestions-for-Updating-White-House-Innovation-Strategy.aspxHigher Education Groups Submit Suggestions for Updating White House Innovation Strategy​ACE and four other higher education associations have submitted comments on updating a 2011 Obama administration policy document, A Strategy for American Innovation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-A-Strategy-for-American-Innovation.aspxComments on A Strategy for American InnovationComments from a coalition of five higher education associations on updating a 2011 Obama administration policy document, A Strategy for American Innovation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Study-Kicks-Off-50th-Anniversary-Activities-for-ACE-Fellows-Program.aspxStudy Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Activities for ACE Fellows Program​ACE has launched a comprehensive review of its signature leadership initiative, the ACE Fellows Program, to strengthen and refresh the already vibrant program leading into its 50th anniversary year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-FCC-on-Proposed-Net-Neutrality-Rules.aspxComments to the FCC on Proposed Net Neutrality RulesComments from ACE and a coalition of 10 higher education and library groups to the FCC in response to the agency’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on net neutrality.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Analysis-of-the-2014-TEACH-Act.aspxAnalysis of the 2014 TEACH ActSummary and analysis of the proposed Technology, Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (TEACH Act), which is intended to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to instructional technology used by a postsecondary school.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Class-of-2014-15-ACE-Fellows-Begins-With-Weeklong-Retreat-in-Chicago.aspxClass of 2014-15 ACE Fellows Begins With Weeklong Retreat in ChicagoThe 2014-15 Class of ACE Fellows explored everything from their personal leadership journey to marketing to financial management and more in the program’s five-day opening retreat late in August.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Campus-Accountability-and-Safety-Act.aspxComments on the Campus Accountability and Safety ActLetter to Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) the campus sexual assault bill introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S. 2692).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Summary-The-Campus-Accountability-and-Safety-Act.aspxSummary: The Campus Accountability and Safety ActSummary and analysis on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) (S. 2692), introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill and cosponsors on July 30, 2014.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Capitol-Hill-Event-Addresses-Accountability-and-Minority-Serving-Institutions-Students.aspxCapitol Hill Event Addresses Accountability and Minority-Serving Institutions, StudentsScholars scrutinized the impact of the Obama administration’s proposed college ratings plan and other policies on minority-serving institutions and minority students Tuesday at a Capitol Hill forum hosted by the UCLA Civil Rights Project and cosponsored by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, among others.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-House-on-Reauthorization-of-the-Terrorism-Risk-Insurance-Act.aspxLetter to the House on Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance ActLetter to the House in support of reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which has helped ensure that colleges and universities can purchase sufficient affordable insurance coverage to protect against losses resulting from a terrorist attack.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Senate-on-the-IRA-Charitable-Rollover.aspxLetter to the Senate on the IRA Charitable RolloverLetter to the Senate in support of passing a permanent extension of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover, included as part of a package of five charitable giving provisions in the America Gives More Act of 2014.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Senate-HEA-Discussion-Draft.aspxHigher Education Groups Comment on Senate HEA Discussion Draft​ACE and a group of 20 associations have submitted comments to the Senate HELP committee on the Harkin Higher Education Act reauthorization discussion draft.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-the-Harkin-Higher-Education-Act-Reauthorization-Discussion-Draft.aspxComments on the Harkin Higher Education Act Reauthorization Discussion DraftLetter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, on the discussion draft for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Task-Force-on-Teacher-Preparation-Comments-on-the-Harkin-HEA-Discussion-Draft.aspxTask Force on Teacher Preparation Comments on the Harkin HEA Discussion DraftComments from the Higher Education Task Force on Teacher Preparation, of which ACE is a member, on Sen. Tom Harkin's discussion draft for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Endorse-Bills-to-Exempt-Student-Workers-from-Affordable-Care-Act.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Endorse Bills to Exempt Student Workers from Affordable Care Act​ACE and a group of seven higher education associations have sent letters in support of two bills that would exempt full-time students from the ACA’s employer mandate.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letters-Endorsing-Bills-Exempting-Student-Workers-from-the-ACA-Employer-Mandate.aspxLetters Endorsing Bills Exempting Student Workers from the ACA Employer MandateACE and a group of seven higher education associations have endorsed two bills that would exempt full-time students from the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which requires large employers—including colleges and universities—to offer health insurance plans to employees working 30 hours a week or more.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Senate-Appropriations-Labor-HHS-Education-Subcommittee-on-Funding-for-International-Education-.aspxLetter to the Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee on Funding for International EducationLetter to Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies in appreciation for their support of international education in the FY 2015 appropriations bill passed by the subcommittee.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/College-Presidents-Encouraged-to-Join-Workplace-Flexibility-Initiative-at-National-Challenge-Conference.aspxCollege Presidents Encouraged to Join Workplace Flexibility Initiative at National Challenge Conference​A new generation of faculty is arriving on campuses, and institutions that want to compete for the best and brightest must find ways to grant better work-life balance.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Vets-Bill-Includes-In-state-Tuition-Provision.aspxVets Bill Includes In-state Tuition ProvisionBoth the House and Senate this week voted overwhelmingly to approve a $16.3-billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and speed up veterans' access to healthcare.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senators-Introduce-Campus-Sexual-Assault-Legislation.aspxSenators Introduce Campus Sexual Assault Legislation​A bipartisan group of eight senators, led by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), have unveiled a bill aimed at mitigating sexual assaults on college campuses.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Approves-HEA-Reauthorization-Tax-Simplification-Bills.aspxHouse Approves HEA Reauthorization, Tax Simplification BillsWith the August recess in sight, the House has approved a package of three Higher Education Act reauthorization bills and the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Submits-Comments-on-Changes-to-the-Clery-Act.aspxACE Submits Comments on Changes to the Clery Act​ACE has submitted comments to the Department of Education on proposed regulations to implement changes to the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act, which was signed into law last year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Other-Organizations-File-Net-Neutrality-Comments-Stressing-Importance-of-Protecting-Open-Internet.aspxACE, Other Organizations File Comments With FCC Stressing Importance of Net NeutralityACE and 10 other organizations emphasized the importance of protecting and promoting an open Internet in comments filed July 18 with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the agency considers so-called net neutrality rules.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-House-on-July-2014-Higher-Education-Ace-Reauthorization-Bills.aspxLetter to the House in Support of Higher Education Act Reauthorization Bills​Letter in support of passage of the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act (H.R. 3136); the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act (H.R. 4983); and the Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (H.R. 4984).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Education-Department-on-Changes-to-the-Clery-Act.aspxComments to the Education Department on Changes to the Clery ActSubmitted to the Department of Education on in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking regarding proposed regulations to implement changes made to the Clery Act by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Approves-Permanent-Extension-of-IRA-Charitable-Rollover.aspxHouse Approves Permanent Extension of IRA Charitable Rollover​The House of Representatives last week voted 277-130 to approve the America Gives More Act of 2014 (H.R. 4719), a package of five charitable giving tax provisions, including a permanent extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-FCC-on-Net-Neutrality.aspxComments to the FCC on Net NeutralityComments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission from ACE and 10 other organizations on the importance of protecting and promoting an open Internet.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-House-on-the-Student-and-Family-Tax-Simplification-Act.aspxLetter to the House on the Student and Family Tax Simplification ActLetter to the House of Representatives outlining ACE's opposition to the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 3393), which would combine the Hope Scholarship Credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the tuition deduction into a single AOTC and make it permanent.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/UT-at-Austins-Consideration-of-Race-in-Admissions-Ruled-Legal-by-Appeals-Court.aspxUT at Austin's Consideration of Race in Admissions Ruled Legal by Appeals CourtA federal appeals court has ruled that the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race as one of many factors in admissions decisions meets the standards set last year by the U.S. Supreme Court.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Senate-on-the-Terrorism-Risk-Insurance-Program-Reauthorization.aspxLetter to the Senate on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program ReauthorizationOriginally enacted in 2002 and reauthorized twice already, TRIA created a public-private risk sharing mechanism which has helped ensure that colleges and universities can purchase sufficient affordable insurance coverage to protect against losses resulting from a terrorist attack.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-House-in-Support-of-Making-the-IRA-Charitable-Rollover-Permanent.aspxLetter to the House in Support of Making the IRA Charitable Rollover PermanentLetter to the House in support of a bill (H.R. 4619) to permanently extend the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover, which expired at the end of 2013.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/QA-on-Military-Tuition-Assistance-MOU.aspxQ&A on Military Tuition Assistance MOUThis document, prepared by ACE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers, addresses questions and answers about the Defense Department’s new memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the Military Tuition Assistance program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Deadline-Is-Sept-5-for-New-DoD-Tuition-Assistance-Memo-of-Understanding.aspxDeadline Is Sept. 5 for New DoD Tuition Assistance Memo of UnderstandingInstitutions participating in the Defense Department's Tuition Assistance program have until Sept. 5 to sign a new memorandum of understanding to ensure service members on their campuses continue to receive tuition support.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Other-Groups-Release-Net-Neutrality-Principles.aspxACE, Other Groups Release Net Neutrality PrinciplesACE and 10 other organizations released a set of “net neutrality” principles last week in support of maintaining the openness of the Internet.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Committee-Passes-Package-of-Higher-Education-Act-Bills-.aspxHouse Committee Passes Package of Higher Education Act BillsThe House Education and the Workforce Committee dove headlong into the Higher Education Act last week, passing three bills as the initial legislative action of its reauthorization effort.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Net-Neutrality-Principles-From-the-Higher-Education-Community.aspxNet Neutrality Principles From the Higher Education CommunityA group of higher education and library organizations, including ACE, have released a set of principles expressing that network neutrality protections are essential to protecting freedom of speech, educational achievement and economic growth.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Issues-Talking-Points-on-Student-and-Family-Tax-Simplification-Act.aspxACE Issues Talking Points on Student and Family Tax Simplification ActAlso see the testimony submitted to the Senate Finance Committee for the June 24 hearing on higher education and the tax code.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-the-House-Bills-to-Reauthorize-the-Higher-Education-Act.aspxLetter on the House Bills to Reauthorize the Higher Education ActLetter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee regarding a package of three bills to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Senate-in-Support-of-the-TROL-Act.aspxLetter to the Senate in Support of the TROL ActA group of associations, including ACE, sent this letter to the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade in support of the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2014.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Testimony-to-the-Senate-Committee-on-Finance-Hearing-on-Higher-Education-and-the-Tax-Code.aspxTestimony to the Senate Committee on Finance Hearing on Higher Education and the Tax CodeTax reform provides an excellent opportunity to improve some of the individual provisions that will make the framework more effective for students, their families and taxpayers repaying student loans, writes ACE and the higher education groups endorsing the testimony.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Amicus-Brief-Supports-Northwestern-University-in-College-Athlete-Unionization-Case.aspxACE Amicus Brief Supports Northwestern in College Athlete Unionization Case​Students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and receive athletic scholarships are not employees, says the brief filed by ACE and four other higher education groups.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Talking-Points-The-Student-and-Family-Tax-Simplification-Act.aspxTalking Points: The Student and Family Tax Simplification ActTalking points on the Black-Davis Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 3393), approved by the House Ways and Means Committee on June 25, 2014.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-to-the-National-Labor-Relations-Board-on-College-Athletes-and-Unionization.aspxAmicus Brief: To the National Labor Relations Board on College Athletes and UnionizationAmicus brief submitted by ACE and four other higher education associations to the National Labor Relations Board in support of Northwestern in a case dealing with a regional director's decision to allow the university's football players to unionize.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Rep-Larsen-on-Bereaved-Borrowers-Bill-of-Rights-Act.aspxLetter to Rep. Larsen on Bereaved Borrowers Bill of Rights ActThis letter was sent to Rep. Rick Larsen in strong of H.R. 4643, the Bereaved Borrowers' Bill of Rights Act of 2014.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Hearing-Looks-at-Efforts-to-Address-Campus-Sexual-Violence.aspxSenate Hearing Looks at Efforts to Address Campus Sexual ViolenceThe Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing yesterday on “Sexual Assault on Campus: Working to Ensure Student Safety,” continuing the federal government’s efforts to weigh in on this very sensitive and complex issue.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Marks-Up-Student-and-Family-Tax-Simplification-Act.aspxHouse Committee Approves Student and Family Tax Simplification ActThe House Ways and Means Committee voted 22-13 June 24 to approve legislation to consolidate four higher education tax provisions into one.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Unveils-Bill-to-Reauthorize-the-Higher-Education-Act-House-Plan-Would-Take-Incremental-Approach.aspxSenate Unveils Bill to Reauthorize the Higher Education ActSenate Democrats have introduced legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), while House Republicans issue a blueprint that outlines their upcoming HEA bills.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Senate-HELP-Committee-on-Campus-Efforts-on-Sexual-Assault.aspxLetter to the Senate HELP Committee on Campus Efforts to Address Sexual AssaultLetter from ACE President Molly Corbett Broad to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions in advance of the June 26 hearing, “Sexual Assault on Campus: Working to Ensure Student Safety.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-the-Student-and-Family-Tax-Simplification-Act.aspxLetter on the Student and Family Tax Simplification ActWhile H.R. 3393 takes several important steps forward to create a simpler, single tax credit, there are a number of provisions that are of great concern and therefore ACE does not support the measure.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Education-Department-Issues-Proposed-Rule-on-Campus-Sexual-Assault.aspxEducation Department Issues Proposed Rule on Campus Sexual Assault​The Obama Administration yesterday released a proposed rule to implement changes to the Clery Act under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which President Obama signed in March 2013.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/FRIDAY-BUZZ-Senators-Propose-Bill-to-Simplify-FAFSA-.aspxFRIDAY BUZZ: Senators Propose Bill to Simplify FAFSASens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) yesterday proposed legislation that eventually could be wrapped into the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency (FAST) Act, among other provisions, would simplify the 108-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Appeals-Court-Rules-HathiTrust-Digital-Library-Is-Fair-Use.aspxAppeals Court Rules HathiTrust Digital Library Is Fair Use​The creation of a full-text searchable book database is a ‘‘quintessentially transformative use’’ of a copyrighted work, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Obama-Expands-Income-Based-Repayment-for-Student-Loans-Senate-Prepares-to-Vote-on-Refinancing-Bill.aspxObama Expands Income-Based Repayment for Student LoansPresident Obama announced a series of executive actions June 9 on federal student loans, including a memorandum directing the expansion of the Pay As You Earn program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-Statement-on-Student-Loan-Repayment-Program-Expansion.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on Student Loan Repayment Program ExpansionPresident Obama's decision to expand the "Pay As You Earn" student loan repayment plan is an important step that will make several million more Americans eligible for this generous option.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Bank-on-Students-Emergency-Loan-Refinancing-Act.aspxLetter in Support of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing ActLetter sent to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in support of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (S. 2432).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Comments-on-Administrations-Proposed-Gainful-Employment-Rules.aspxACE Comments on Administration's Proposed Gainful Employment RulesACE weighs in on ED's proposed rules on gainful employment, the administration’s effort to ensure students who enroll in career training programs will earn enough money to repay their student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Education-Department-on-Proposed-Gainful-Employment-Rules.aspxComments to the Education Department on Proposed Gainful Employment RulesResponse to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2014, by the Education Department proposing draft gainful employment regulations that would exclude from Title IV federal financial aid eligibility programs that fail to serve students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/University-Associations-and-Innovation-Alliance-Statement-on-Decison-to-Table-Senate-Patent-Bill.aspxUniversity Associations and Innovation Alliance Statement on Senate Patent BillStatement from the Innovation Alliance and six university associations, including ACE, thanking Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for pulling the the patent troll legislation (S. 1720) from his committee's agenda.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Provisions-in-the-Camp-Tax-Reform-Discussion-Draft.aspxHigher Education Provisions in the Camp Tax Reform Discussion DraftA chart detailing provisions of interest to colleges and universities in the tax reform discussion draft released in February 2014 by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/DoD-Releases-Final-MOU-for-Tuition-Assistance-Program.aspxDoD Releases Final MOU for Tuition Assistance ProgramThe Department of Defense has published the final memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Tuition Assistance program. Colleges and universities will need to sign the MOU to participate in the program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Committee-Looks-at-the-Unionization-of-College-Athletes.aspxHouse Committee Looks at College Athletes and UnionizationIn the wake of last month’s decision by the NLRB to classify Northwestern University football players as employees, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing May 8 to discuss college athletes and unionization.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Improving-Success-for-Student-Veterans-Focus-of-House-Hearing.aspxImproving Success for Student Veterans Focus of House HearingThe House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing May 8 to look at "Defining and Improving Success for Student Veterans" and the current state of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Rep-Kline-on-Unionizing-Student-Athletes.aspxLetter to Rep. John Kline on Unionizing Student AthletesThis letter from ACE President Molly Corbett Broad to John Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, was sent in advance of the May 8 hearing on the consequences of unionizing student athletes.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/UNC-System-President-Tom-Ross-on-Improving-Success-for-Student-Veterans.aspxUNC System President Tom Ross on Improving Success for Student VeteransTestimony submitted by Thomas W. Ross, president of the University of North Carolina System, to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs for the May 8 hearing, "Defining and Improving Success for Student Veterans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Summary-Webinar-Now-Available-on-Camp-Tax-Reform-Plan.aspxWebinar Now Available on Camp Tax Reform PlanNACUBO has released a webinar looking at the higher education provisions in the tax reform package introduced in February by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and their implications for colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Coalition-Urges-Congress-to-Close-the-Innovation-Deficit.aspxCoalition Urges Congress to Close the Innovation DeficitResearch and development spending in the United States has remained essentially flat over the past decade, while China and South Korea have boosted their investment 90 and 50 percent, respectively.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Protecting-Students-From-Automatic-Default-Act-of-2014.aspxLetter in Support of the Protecting Students From Automatic Default Act of 2014This letter was sent to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) in support of his bill to curb abuses in the private student lending market.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Report-by-the-White-House-Sexual-Assault-Task-Force.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on Report by the White House Sexual Assault Task ForceCollege and university presidents are firmly committed to providing safe, secure environments for their students, said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad in a statement on the Task Force report.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/White-House-Task-Force-Issues-Recommendations-for-Responding-to-Campus-Sexual-Assault.aspxTask Force Issues Recommendations for Responding to Campus Sexual AssaultThe White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault released its first report this morning, which includes new guidelines to help colleges and universities prevent, identify and respond to sexual assault on campus.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Testimony-to-the-Senate-Committee-on-Appropriations-Hearing-on-Driving-Innovation-Through-Federal-Investments.aspxTestimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Hearing on Driving Innovation Through Federal InvestmentsThe remarks continue the advocacy outlined in the “Close the Innovation Deficit” campaign, an effort to close the widening gap between the actual level of federal government funding for research and higher education and what the investment needs to be if the United States is to remain the world’s innovation leader.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-President-Jimmy-Carter-on-Campus-Sexual-Assault.aspxLetter to President Jimmy Carter on Campus Sexual AssaultThis letter to the former president was written in response to a section in his recent book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, which discusses the response of higher education leaders to the problem of sexual assault on campus.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Memo-Gives-Guidance-for-Inviting-Federal-Officials-to-Commencement.aspxACE Memo Gives Guidance for Inviting Federal Officials to CommencementThis memo is designed to help colleges and universities better understand how to comply with federal ethics and reporting requirements when inviting government officials to speak at commencement.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Ethics-Guidance-for-Inviting-Government-Officials-to-Speak-at-Commencement-.aspxEthics Guidance for Inviting Government Officials to CampusThe guidance summarizes the rules that ACE member institutions should follow to ensure compliance with federal ethics and reporting requirements when inviting a federal official as a commencement speaker, particularly if an honorary degree will be presented.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-Supporting-Reauthorization-of-the-Terrorism-Risk-Insurance-Act-.aspxLetter Supporting Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance ActThis letter to the leadership of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs expresses support for the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), currently scheduled to expire this year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Names-31-Faculty-and-Administrators-to-Fellows-Program.aspxACE Names 31 Faculty and Administrators to Fellows ProgramACE has selected 31 emerging college and university leaders for the 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Programhttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-US-Supreme-Court-Upholds-Michigan-Ban-on-Considering-Race-in-Admissions.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Considering Race in Admissions, Leaves Fisher Decision IntactThe U.S. Supreme Court issued a major higher education decision yesterday, a 6-2 ruling that reverses the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-on-Schuette-v-Coalition-to-Defend-Affirmative-Action-Ruling.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action RulingACE President Molly Corbett Broad’s statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case which sought to overturn Michigan’s ban on considering diversity in college admissions decisions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Joins-Brief-in-Accreditation-Lawsuit.aspxACE Joins Brief in Accreditation LawsuitACE signed on to an amicus brief filed Friday in an accreditation case on appeal from a federal district court in Virginia, Professional Massage Training Center v. Accreditation Alliance of Career Schools and Colleges (AACSC).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-PMTC-v-AACSC.aspxAmicus Brief: Professional Massage Training Center v. Accreditation Alliance of Career Schools and CollegesThis brief, filed by 22 higher education and accreditation organizations including ACE, was submitted in support of AACSC in this case, which is on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-Statement-on-U-Va-FOIA-Ruling.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad's Statement on U.Va. FOIA RulingWe are gratified that the Supreme Court of Virginia recognized the importance of safeguarding the free exchange of ideas that is integral to the academic environment at American colleges and universities.